Pseudarthrosis ICD-10, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment


Pseudarthrosis ( non-union) of the tibia results from a pathological fracture that may occur before or after birth. It can be preceded by the anterolateral bend of the tibia and sometimes associated with neurofibromatosis. The pseudarthrosis encounter in the distal tibial diaphysis can be assessed by severity.

When pseudarthrosis develop, it is not necessary to require a surgical correction. pseudarthrosis can not be considered as the main cause of ongoing symptoms. In fact, many pseudarthrosis are asymptomatic and in some degenerative conditions, the preferred treatment is observation. However, in cases where the inability to achieve a stable anhrodesis can lead to the development of deformation, consider surgery, even in the absence of pain.

Progression of kyphosis and the development of osteophytes neurocompressive led to reports of isolated cases at the end of paraparesis and even torn aortic pseudo-aneurysm. When pseudarthrosis is accompanied by pain or other symptoms, a careful reassessment of the patient should be performed to establish a causal relationship between the pseudarthrosis and the symptoms. In general, symptomatic lumbar pseudarthrosis causes back pain as the most important feature. Pain is usually close to the level of the pseudarthrosis and is axial in one place.

Indications for surgical repair of pseudarthroses include myelopathy, structural instability, deformity or irreversible back pain. Surgical repairs of pseudarthroses might be helpful in improving overall clinical outcome. However, patients and physicians should be aware that for symptomatic pseudarthrosis repeated surgery is associated with higher rates of recurrent pseudanhrosis and clinical failure.

Pseudarthrosis ICD-10, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

Pseudarthrosis Symptoms

Many patients with pseudarthrosis show no special symptoms, and for these patients additional treatment and evaluation are not always needed. If necessary, x-rays and computer tomography of the spine can be used to determine whether there is a spinal fusion occurred or not. Moreover, precise physical examination provides valuable information to rule out pseudarthrosis suspect.

Pseudarthrosis Causes

The exact underlying cause of pseudarthrosis is still not fully understood but many researchers believed that genetic predisposition is very important in this disease. Some other factors that might have some correlation with this disease are

  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Bone Demineralization
  • Distraction
  • Infection
  • Skeletal muscle rupture
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Bone fragility

Pseudarthrosis Treatment

Treatment of pseudarthroses in asymptomatic individuals is non-operative, and up to 30% does not  require surgical intervention. Surgical treatment is required for people with unstable or defective structure and suitable for those patients who remain symptomatic despite conservative measures. Treatment of the back pseudarthroses can be complicated in the context of pre-decompression because there is an increased risk of accidental durotomy during surgical dissection. In these cases, anterior cervical fusion is preferred.

A non-surgical treatment can be considered as management for delayed fusion in the absence of neurological compromise or progression of deformity. Treatment strategies include bracing, restricted activity, and careful monitoring. When non surgical treatment does not provide adequate response then surgical intervention will be required.

Pseudarthrosis ICD-10

Following code is used for pseudarthrosis in ICD-10

M96.0--Pseudarthrosis after fusion or arthrodesis--billable

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